Phi­lar­monic Gar­den, green oa­sis in Baku

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Phi­lar­monic Gar­den, for­merly known as the Gov­er­nor´s Gar­den or Vahid Park, re­mains one of the most vis­ited places in the cap­i­tal city Baku.

Lo­cated next to the an­cient part of Baku, the Old city, the park cov­ers vast area.

The gar­den, which oc­cu­pies an area of 4.6 hectares, was founded by the Baku com­man­dant R.R.Foven in 1830. Com­man­dant Foven obliged all mer­chants who ar­rived in Baku by sea to bring sev­eral cu­bic meters of fer­tile soil and seedlings. Thanks to this a large gar­den was cre­ated out­side the Fortress Wall with rare ex­otic trees and shrubs.

Plants were brought from around much of the world – date palms, pis­ta­chio trees, aca­cias, olive trees, crack wil­low, iron­wood, ash, cherry trees, camel­lias, pome­gran­ate and quince trees. Figs and mul­ber­ries were brought from Arabia and Iran. A lush vine­yard, where sesame and saf­fron grew, pro­vided shade for the park.

Dec­o­ra­tive plants were planted and at this time the gar­den had some 10,000 trees and 13,000 shrubs.

The park was first ren­o­vated in the 1970s and then fur­ther ren­o­vated in 2007 upon or­der of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev.

Foun­tain, pav­il­ion and kiosks in the Gar­den were re­con­structed. Char­ac­ter­is­tic plant cover of the gar­den was pre­served and more at­ten­tion was given to ex­tend the green­ery strip dur­ing the re­con­struc­tion stage. An orig­i­nal foun­tain ex­clu­sively de­signed by French “In­ter Art” Company was con­structed here for the first time in Baku.

To­day, the Phi­lar­monic Gar­den is a fa­vorite place for both young and old peo­ple.

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